About Socket Preservation
Many dentists in the Chicagoland area trust and respect our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bart Nierzwicki. They trust his track record and exemplary professionalism when it comes to surgical procedures of the face, neck, and head. Tooth socket preservation and restoration is no exception. While he knows that the removal of teeth is often necessary, causing more harm to the jaw is not. Teeth are extracted when they have become painful, infection-filled, or fractured due to bone loss. Damaged by disease or infection, the bone that holds the tooth in place has to be repaired once there is deformity of the jaw from the extraction. Encompassing bone and gums will shrink and recede quickly after the extraction. Many of our patients do not want their lips and cheeks to look sunken in, and tooth socket preservation helps patients avoid these unsightly defects. If you think you are a good candidate for this procedure, call us to learn more about it at Millennium Surgical.
Whether a tooth is lost to severe damage or disease, or requires extraction to preserve overall oral health, even a single empty tooth socket can contribute to gradual deterioration of the jawbone. A common technique used to preserve the socket involves reinforcing the empty space with bone or a fabricated bone substitute. The space is then covered with gum tissue, artificial membrane, or proteins that stimulate tissue regeneration to repair the socket and prevent facial collapse. Once healed, this tissue can also act as an adequate foundation for replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant.
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail the procedure, gave me a prescription to help with the dental anxiety and the next day completed the extraction in a matter of minutes with no issues whatsoever. I am so grateful to have used his services. Once I left the consultation, I was actually looking forward to getting the procedure done. He listened to my concerns, addressed them thoroughly with his thoughtful bedside manner. His staff was also exceptional. The facility is clean and modern. I felt no pain or anxiety. If I have any future oral surgery needs, I will never go anywhere else but to Millennium Surgical. A week later, I am healing nicely and have had no pain just the normal discomfort which comes from an extraction. Hands down the best oral surgeon in the area."- V.Y. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2018
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail..."- V.Y. / Yahoo / Jun 07, 2018
"They are wonderful, caring people. I had a panic attack and the nurses sat with me and calmed me down. They are dedicated to their work, and makes sure their clients leave with a smile."- T.N. / Facebook / Jun 04, 2018
"Walk in, quick consult eval & tooth out; walk out. Done. Went to work next day. No problem."- A.S. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2018
"Dr. Nierzwicki and his team were exceptional, professional, and compassionate. I was told about Dr. Nierzwicki from a friend and went for my wisdom teeth extractions. I was called in for the dimensional x-ray and was then taken to the consulting room. My vitals were taken and then I waited for Dr. Nierzwicki to explain my options. He explained the risks of the surgery and provided all the information I needed. I was given the option to remove my wisdom teeth that same day with only local anesthesia, so I went ahead and did it. The staff and Dr. Nierzwicki made me feel very comfortable. I was given instructions on how to take the medications, what to expect, and how to care for my incisions. The surgery only took a few minutes but it went smoothly as Dr. Nierzwicki would walk me through every single step he was doing. This made me feel very comfortable and less anxious. If you need to remove your wisdom teeth or need any dental surgeries, I recommend coming here."- A.S. / Yelp / Mar 07, 2018
During the Procedure
After your primary dentist has recommended tooth removal, it is important to ask if you will need socket preservation (especially if you are replacing front teeth). Our surgeon can implement several techniques to preserve the bone and limit bone loss. We use the method where the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. After being covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue-stimulating proteins, the socket will heal within itself. We want to eliminate shrinkage of your gums and facial tissues, and at the same time, prepare the new bone for a solid foundation for a dental implant.
When it is necessary to replace teeth with implants, socket preservation can enhance and improve your smile’s appearance and increase the likelihood that you will have successful dental implants for many years to come. Jaw deformities from extracted teeth can cause problems with dental implants, bridges, or dentures if sockets are not properly preserved.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Preserve Your Jaw
We will do our very best to ensure that you have all the information needed to make an informed decision about having socket preservation procedures. We can explain all of your options, and provide you with a detailed treatment plan after your first consultation. Call our experienced dental practice as soon as possible to preserve your jaw and restore your smile.